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Pelham residents can report incidents to police online

Residents have a new means of letting police know about nonemergency incidents, such as past thefts from their homes or vandalism to their property.

Police Chief Gary Thomann said the department recently implemented the Coplogic reporting system, which will allow residents to submit information through a secure online form.

“This gives people a formal way to report to us when an officer is not available,” Thomann said.

Completing the form sends an automated email to both the department’s inbox and Thomann’s account. All reports will be reviewed and officers will be dispatched when available, Thomann said. People can also print copies of their submissions.

An advantage of the system is that it frees up officers to deal with emergencies and more serious incidents, Thomann said.

Pelham’s use of Coplogic has been tweaked so residents can also submit requests for their homes to be watched while they are on vacation and to make road repair requests, such as filling potholes, that need to be addressed by the highway department.

Besides lost or stolen property and vandalism, incidents suitable for online reporting include animal complaints, harassing phone calls and hit-and-run accidents.

The department’s website is at www.pelhampolicema.com.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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